Can estrogen replacement therapy affect periodontal disease?

Some research suggests that women with osteoporosis who take estrogen supplements might be able to slow the progression of periodontal disease. Although researchers do not yet understand the relationship between osteoporosis and periodontal disease, it is thought that osteoporosis, or a loss of bone common in older women, can increase the risk of bone and tooth loss. This is because a loss in bone density in the jaw creates a foundation for teeth that is no longer as firm. Teeth might be able to loosen or decay and be lost more easily.

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